Manningtree, England’s smallest town, is just 19 hectares. Home to many Georgian buildings, this charming town overlooks the village Stour where you can take a romantic stroll or enjoy a picnic at the neighbouring village of Mistley on warm days. The train station makes it a popular place to move to in Essex for commuters, as well as its close proximity to London. Visitors are charmed by the swans and sailing barges along the water front, as well as the beautiful houses and friendly locals.
Greens Removals, Chelmsford, offers competitively priced removals to all parts of Essex, including Manningtree. This article looks at what you can expect when you move to the town.
Manningtree has a population of just 900. The town expanded with the wool trade in the 15th century, during which it also had a flourishing shipping trade in corn, timber, and coal. The name “Manningtree” is derived from “many trees”, and the houses here have a Georgian appearance with bays, large sash windows, and elegant doorframes. Many of the houses actually date back further than this, however, as some originate from the 16th century.
Things to Do
The social life here is varied, with a mix between the older generation, commuters and young families. The pub is a popular place to visit, and tuneful residents enjoy the social side of the Stour Choral Society, which has rehearsals every Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The neighbouring village of Mistley has a Cricket Club and a Bowls Club, and there is also a Stour Sailing Club with more than 300 members. These clubs offer the chance to mingle with the locals and make new friends once you have moved to Manningtree.
House prices in Manningtree are reasonable compared to London prices. A detached house will cost around £265,000, while a semi-detached home will set you back about £235,000 (2015/16 prices). You can expect to pay around £210,000 for a terraced home, compared to £185,000 for a flat. There are many new build homes for affordable prices, with large gardens and scenic views.
Manningtree Railway Station provides a direct train link to London, Norwich and Harwich. It is just over 1 hour away by train to London, and is about an hour and a half away by train or car to Norwich. Its close proximity to London is a selling point for many commuters who choose to move to Manningtree or the surrounding area for its excellent transport links and pretty scenery. The train station is very popular and is often chosen over Colchester due to the ample parking and quiet carriages. There are also 12 bus services from Manningtree which run regularly to a number of destinations such as Ipswich, Dedham, and Clacton-on-Sea.
Manningtree High School is a specialist science school based in Lawford, Manningtree. Boys and girls from the ages of 11-16 can go here, where they can learn a variety of subjects. Manningtree is also home to Highfields Primary School, where staff teach children to apply skills and knowledge in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Computing and RE from a young age.
Shops, Theatres and Restaurants
The Manifest Theatre provides a varied mix of thought provoking plays, comedies, and musicals, as well as showing recent films. The Italian restaurant Lucca is a firm favourite with the locals who can tuck into fresh handmade pizzas, pasta dishes, salads or Italian style roasts. There are also a number of cafes and pubs along the High Street which sell a variety of cuisines. Manningtree has a few small shops where you can buy items such as clothing, flowers, arts and crafts, and photography supplies.
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